Four from Stanford named Rhodes Scholars  [LINK]
Three Stanford seniors, Madeleine Chang, Michael Chen, and Alexis Kallen (pictured), and alumnus Jelani Munroe will pursue studies at Oxford University beginning October 2018 as Rhodes Scholars. [Read More]
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Impact Prize Winners Announced  [LINK]
A panel of area civic leaders this week announced the winners of the first Impact Prize competition at Syracuse University. Winners were selected for the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve civic, environmental, economic or other public challenges, as part of a campuswide social entrepreneurship challenge. Selected from a field of 36 teams, the finalists competed Nov. 14 in front... [Read More]
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Pine beetles from Jasper National Park infesting commercial forest  [LINK]
The Canadian Press interviewed Allan Carroll, who studies pines beetles and directs UBC’s forest science program, in a story about a pine beetle infestation in Jasper National Park. Carroll weighed in on the park’s beetle management plan saying “just that hesitation intrinsic to producing a management plan precluded any effective outcomes.” The CP story appeared on CBC and ... [Read More]
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Thinning the forests could change wildfire patterns  [LINK]
Ken Day, the manager of the UBC research forest near Williams Lake, spoke to CBC about forest thinning. “If thinning becomes a component of our regular harvest practices, we could potentially make the landscape more fire resilient,” he said. [Read More]
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3 mumps cases confirmed among Sauder students  [LINK]
Global reported that Vancouver Coastal Health is urging vaccination after three cases of mumps were confirmed among student population at the UBC Sauder School of Business. [Read More]
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Canadian university degrees ranked highly by employers worldwide  [LINK]
Radio Canada reported that five Canadian universities including UBC are in the Top 100 list of this year’s Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking table. UBC was ranked in 45th place. [Read More]
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Opinion: B.C. should pay more attention to South Korea  [LINK]
The Vancouver Sun mentioned UBC in a story about education in South Korea. The article reported the UBC Sauder School of Business was represented at Invest Korea 2017, an annual conference held to promote foreign investment in South Korea. [Read More]
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Flaw of Vancouver’s short-term rental rules is enforcement  [LINK]
Erez Aloni, a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, spoke to the Vancouver Sun about upcoming enforcement of short-term rental rules in Vancouver. Aloni said barring co-operation from short-term rental platforms like Airbnb the city’s enforcement mechanism may be unviable.... [Read More]
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79 things to do in Vancouver on November 17  [LINK]
The Georgia Straight highlighted UBC events and exhibits on its list of things to do in Vancouver on Friday. The article mentioned the UBC Chamber Strings performance at the Chan Centre’s Telus Studio Theatre and two exhibits at the Museum of Anthropology.... [Read More]
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Business schools reach out to Indigenous students  [LINK]
The Globe and Mail reported the UBC Sauder School of Business has been working with First Nations students, through its Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education Centre. “It makes good sense to get as many Indigenous people into business and into learning about business as we can,” said Frances Chandler, director of Ch’nook Indigenous Education at Sauder.... [Read More]
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Compassion is the key to solving our problems  [LINK]
Chris Erickson, a UBC political science professor, was interviewed for an article in The Tyee. In his book The Poetics of Fear, he examines fear as a political tool. [Read More]
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University Launches Search for Associate Vice President, Chief Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator  [LINK]
The search process for the University’s associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator is now underway. A strategic partner with University leadership, the associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator will develop strategies to further foster a culture of inclusion and a safe and supportive learning and living environm... [Read More]
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Maxwell X Lab Innovates Policymaking through Behavioral Science  [LINK]
How can behavioral science help high school students increase their chances of going to college? How can an underutilized healthcare program for low-income people better target its communications so that people who need it know of its availability and use it? How can local nonprofits help close the achievement gap for children entering kindergarten? Len Lopoo, left, and Joe Boskovski of the Maxwel... [Read More]
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Inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs Graduate Scholars Named  [LINK]
The Maxwell School has named two graduate students as the inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs Graduate Scholars:  John R. Barruzza, a Ph.D. candidate in the history department; and Chelsea M. Thomas, a student in the master of public administration (M.P.A.) program. Otey Scruggs The scholarship was established in the spring of 2017 in honor of the late Otey Scruggs, who served on the Maxwell S... [Read More]
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Winds of change for vertical axis turbines?  [LINK]
New research suggests vertical axis turbines, which may have fewer impacts on birds and the environment, could increase public support for new wind energy installations. [Read More]
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First-graders fitter than expected  [LINK]
(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) Childhood obesity is often attributed to a lack of exercise. So what about sports among elementary school students? A team from the Technical University of Munich pursued this question and collected the results of fitness tests for first-year students over a period of one decade. Their study shows that students did not lose their strength. Speed or balance ev... [Read More]
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Springer Nature launches a pilot with PaperHive  [LINK]
(Springer) Springer Nature has launched a one-year pilot with PaperHive, a market-leading annotation system and copyright-compliant collaborative research platform. The partnership focuses on increasing reader engagement of university students with academic literature in various fields including biomedicine, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The pilot phase comprises books and textbooks from Sp... [Read More]
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UTSA researchers receive $147,000 grant to train school psychologists in deaf education  [LINK]
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Educational psychology researchers from UTSA received a grant for a new program that integrates educational psychology and deaf education. [Read More]
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Rheumatology leaders urge support for graduate student exemption & continuous health coverage  [LINK]
(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today expressed concerns with a provision of the House tax bill passed on Nov. 16 that would repeal the tax-exempt status for graduate student tuition waivers, and a provision included in the Senate tax bill that would repeal the individual health insurance mandate. [Read More]
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One health researchers identify hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia  [LINK]
(George Mason University) Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and herders. George Mason University's Dr. Michael von Fricken and colleagues explored the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to. [Read More]
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British historian Daniel Beer wins US$75,000 International Cundill History prize  [LINK]
(McGill University) The international Cundill History Prize today announced the British historian Daniel Beer as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize - the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Allen Lane). [Read More]
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Noninvasive brain imaging shows readiness of trainees to perform operations  [LINK]
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that used noninvasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical st... [Read More]
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Funding for 25 years  [LINK]
(University of Freiburg) Historical-critical edition of the works of jurist Hans Kelsens is adopted into Mainz Academy program. [Read More]
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